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FreeBSD, enterprise open source stuff, network and system security. I'm by no means an expert software developer, but I've been using PHP since 1995 and can find the bathroom on my own. Bourne shell and awk since the 1980s. My Telebit Worldblazer and serial breakout box are still in good working order. :/


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comment Why do websites not use entire width of browser?
One other factor that occurred to me recently is that we've seen in recently years web applications (Google.com, Google Docs, Hotmail, Basecamp, etc) that aim to be fluid, with web presentations (Google's business sites, almost every static site). This follows the standard windows desktop model - you size your application to your preference. Apps with fixed sizes feel very Window3.1ish. Perhaps "web 2.0" will gradually spill over to sites used essentially for marketing. How about text that automatically goes to two or three columns in wide windows?
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comment How do I add the ability to cancel editing without a button?
+1 for Undelete/Undo. People are far too used to "Are you sure" confirmations. If they weren't sure, they wouldn't have clicked delete. It's only afterwards that they discover they were in error.
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comment How do I add the ability to cancel editing without a button?
Sefano, with your second view, I'd also suggest including an Undo on the second row, in the same column as Save. In addition, after a Save or Cancel, set up a delay before the Delete button becomes available. You can make this "pretty" by using effects. That is, someone clicks Cancel, the "Save Cancel" display fades out in 0.5 seconds, there's a 1 second delay, and then "Delete" slides in from the side. Until the slide has completed, the Delete is non-functional. Should be enough time to foil accidental double-clicks.
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revised Common screen resolution?
The OP needs advice regarding layout more than screen resolution.
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comment Common screen resolution?
Also, the world-wide averages for this sort of data may (will) not be the same as those of your user base. Until you sample your ACTUAL users, you don't know what they're using. Therefore your best bet is to design your layout to work at multiple (and varying) resolutions.
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comment Common screen resolution?
Also, see this question regarding fixed-width vs fluid layout.
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comment Merging firstname/last name into one field
Splitting a string is not a reliable solution. Spaces live in unpredictable places in names. "John Jacob Smith". "Ian Van Der Zahn". "Li Chiu".
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comment What is the term for the contents of a tab?
Sure, but the content of an iframe is not the same as the iframe itself. According to the definition above, an iframe that interacts with an application running in the parent window could also be called a pane.
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comment What is the term for the contents of a tab?
This could be confusing, as a page with various iframes might be considered to have multiple panes ... within the tab's pane.
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answered What is the term for the contents of a tab?
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